Re: [OSPF] Stephen Farrell's No Objection on draft-ietf-ospf-transition-to-ospfv3-10: (with COMMENT)

"Acee Lindem (acee)" <acee@cisco.com> Wed, 29 June 2016 14:11 UTC

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From: "Acee Lindem (acee)" <acee@cisco.com>
To: Stephen Farrell <stephen.farrell@cs.tcd.ie>, The IESG <iesg@ietf.org>
Thread-Topic: [OSPF] Stephen Farrell's No Objection on draft-ietf-ospf-transition-to-ospfv3-10: (with COMMENT)
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Subject: Re: [OSPF] Stephen Farrell's No Objection on draft-ietf-ospf-transition-to-ospfv3-10: (with COMMENT)
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Hi Stephen, 

On 6/29/16, 9:06 AM, "OSPF on behalf of Stephen Farrell"
<ospf-bounces@ietf.org on behalf of stephen.farrell@cs.tcd.ie> wrote:

>Stephen Farrell has entered the following ballot position for
>draft-ietf-ospf-transition-to-ospfv3-10: No Objection
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>section 4: Just checking that I've gotten this right. Is the
>following correct?
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>If RFC7166 is being used then there is never a need to modify
>packets in a way that would break the authentication. In other
>words, am I correct that this draft doesn't envisage any middlebox
>changing an OSPF packet in between the source (of authentication)
>and destination(s)?

I think it would be undesirable for a middlebox to modify OSPF packets
under any circumstances. I see no requirement for this and, if there were,
transport of OSPFv3 over IPv4 doesn’t expand or contract the types of
modifications that a middle box could perform without breaking RFC 7166.
For both IPv4 and IPv6 transport, the source address is included in the
authentication digest calculation and cannot be modified.

Thanks,
Acee 


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>If that is correct, then we're good.
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>If that is not correct, then I think more needs to be said in
>section 4, as it is not at all clear to me how a source could emit a
>packet that a middlebox could modify, without having to share the
>symmetric secret used for RFC7166 authentication with that
>middlebox, which would be fairly clearly undesirable.



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